Registered Nurse Level 1 - Registered Nurse - Peri-Operative Unit

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Part time

$63548.00 to $84,888.00

Registered Nurse

Job Title: Registered Nurse - Peri-Operative Unit
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 1
Position Number: 34069, several
Annual Salary: $63548.00 to $84,888.00
Branch: Surgery and Oral Health
Section: Peri - operative Unit
Vacancy Type: Permanent and Temporary
Closing Date: Ongoing
Contact Officers: Scrub/Scout - Margaret Lepper (02) 6244 276

Anaesthetics - Sandra Pilloni (02) 6244 2765

EDSU - Deanne Cole (02) 6244 2765

PACU - Emma Riley (02) 6244 2765

About us

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work. Canberra Hospital and Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region. The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.

Strong links exist between hospital and community-based services, as many of the operational divisions deliver services across the continuum of care to ensure continuity of care for patients. The community based services of ACT Health include Early Childhood, Youth and Women’s Health; Dental Services, Rehabilitation and Community Care; Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services. In addition, Justice Health services are provided within the Territory’s detention facilities. ACT Health is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.

The Division of Surgery and Oral Health is responsible for delivering inpatient and outpatients surgical services and prevention and treatment dental health programs for children, targeted youth and adults of the ACT and surrounding region. The Division includes Surgical Bookings and Pre-Admission Clinic, Anaesthesia, Pain Management Unit, Operating Theatres, Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit, Day Surgery Unit and Admissions/Extended Day Surgery Unit, specialist surgical ward areas, medical and nursing Outpatient services, Shock Trauma Service, Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit and the ACT Dental Health Program.

Overview of the work area and position

The Peri-operative Unit at the Canberra Hospital consists of a Day Surgery Admissions (DOSA) Unit, 13 Operating Theatres covering a wide range of surgical specialties, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) and a 12 bed Extended Day Surgery Unit (EDSU) together with several out of area procedural/invasive specialty areas.

The Peri-operative RN implements a systemic and planned approach to activities associated with the provision of holistic patient care during the peri-operative experience. The nursing care associated with the provision of surgery is delivered within current standards and guidelines.

Eligibility/Other Requirements


• Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

• Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
• Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.


There are several permanent and temporary positions available for filling within Scrub/Scout, Anaesthetics, PACU and EDSU. Temporary positions are available for a period of three to 12 months. There are both full-time and part-time hours available. Selection may be based on application and referee reports only.


1. Be responsible for the provision of comprehensive, high quality care to patients utilising the principles of fair access and equity, patient participation, health promotion and prevention.

2. Provides patient care in accordance with relevant legislation, professional standards and organisational policy within an ethical and professional framework.

3. Maintain required clinical core competencies and skills, accessing appropriate education and staff development opportunities. Practices within professional scope of practice.

4. Participate in risk assessment, incident and accident reporting, continuous quality improvement activities, program based research and accreditation that aim at improving the level of service to patients and the department.

5. Communicate effectively with patients and colleagues utilising well developed verbal, written and technological skills.

6. Maintain and promote safe clinical practice and adhere to Infection Control principles and practices.

7. Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

1. Demonstrated clinical knowledge and experience in the implementation of high quality clinical care utilising the nursing process.

2. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues utilising well-developed (clear, concise and accurate) verbal, written and interpersonal skills.

3. Demonstrated organisational skills and problem solving abilities to ensure effective, efficient and appropriate decision making when planning and implementing health care.

4. Commitment in maintaining professional development of self and others with a patient safety focus.

5. Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to

For further information about the position and a copy of the Performance Expectations and Jobs Demands Checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.